Letter – Pocklington flood scheme

The flooding at Pocklington. Picture by Phil Gilbank.
The flooding at Pocklington. Picture by Phil Gilbank.

We at the local branch of the Labour Party welcome the Flood Relief Scheme proposed for Pocklington which was presented at the recent consultation event.

However, we object most strongly to how it is being financed.

A significant proportion is being funded by Persimmon Homes in exchange for their being allowed not to build any affordable homes on the Mile End site.

This scheme should be funded properly by the statutory authorities and not at the expense of people who need homes that they can afford.

We urge East Riding Council to think again about the provision of affordable housing on the Mile End site.

Over recent months we have been asking East Riding Council, through a series of letters, for details of how they are planning for homes in Pocklington and Market Weighton, which is regarded as a priority area, lacking sufficient affordable and social housing. So far, regrettably, their replies have avoided giving us any information.

We shall continue to press them to ensure that developers build sufficient homes that people can afford to buy or rent.

In the meantime we would encourage your readers to respond on these lines to the council’s recently announced consultation on their Draft East Riding Housing Strategy (www.eastriding.gov) which closes on Saturday 24 October.

Richard Bryon

Chairman of West Wolds Branch of the Labour Party